ARCHANGEL MICHAEL

“Michael the head of the heavenly: he is the first: among the angelic ranks: serving before the Lord. God sends us unto us: His mercy and compassion: through the supplications of Michael: the great Archangel.

— First two stances of the Doxology for Archangel Michael

Archangel Michael was with all the saints and martyrs. He strengthened them and enabled them to endure patiently until they finished their strife. Festivals of commemoration are held and alms offered in his name on the twelfth day of each Coptic month.

HE HAS TWO MAJOR FEASTS ON:

12th of Hatour – 21st November

12th of Baona – 19th June

READINGS FROM THE COPTIC ORTHODOX SYNAXARIUM

On this day the church celebrates the feast of the honored Archangel, Michael, the head of the hosts of heaven, who stands at all times before the great throne of God, interceding on behalf of the human race.

Joshua, the son of Nun, saw him in great glory and was frightened by him and fell on his face to the earth and said to him, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?” So he said, “No; but as Commander of the army of the Lord… I have given Jericho into your hand, … and its king.” (Joshua 5:13-15, 6:2)

An example of one of his wonders: A God-fearing man whose name was Dorotheus and his wife Theopista, held a festival of commemoration for the honoured Archangel Michael on the twelfth day of each month. It happened that this righteous family fell on hard times and had nothing to celebrate with for the commemoration of the honored Michael. They took their clothes to sell so that they might have a feast. Michael the Archangel appeared to Dorotheus and commanded him not to sell his clothes, but to go to a sheep-master and to take from him a sheep worth one-third of a dinar. He was also to go to a fisherman and to take from him a fish worth one-third of a dinar but Dorotheus was not to slit open the fish until he came back to him. Finally, he was to go to a flour merchant and to take from him as much flour as he needed.

Dorotheus did as the Angel commanded him. He invited the people, as was his custom, to the feast honouring the Archangel Michael. When he went into his storeroom looking for wine for the offering, he found that all the containers had been filled with wine and many other good things. He marvelled and was astonished.

After they had finished the celebration and all the people had departed, the Archangel appeared to Dorotheus as before and commanded him to cut open the belly of the fish. He found 300 dinars of gold and three coins each is a third of a dinar. He told him these three coins were for the sheep, the fish and the flour, and the 300 dinars were for him and his children. God had remembered them and their oblations and had rewarded them here, in this world and in the kingdom of heaven on the last day. As Dorotheus and his wife were astonished at this matter, the Archangel Michael said to them, “I am Michael the Archangel who delivered you from all your tribulations and I have taken your oblations and alms up to God, you shall lack no good thing whatsoever in this world.” They prostrated themselves before him and he disappeared and went up into heaven. This was one of the innumerable miracles of this honoured Angel.

1 Comment

  1. The reference to Joshua in the field is not micheal the arch angel. It is none other that Christ the messiah. It is a theopany. He tells Joshua to take his sandals off, for the ground he is walking on is holy, just as in the experience by Moses and the burning bush. Many times in the old testament Christ the messiah appears before he is physically born in Bethlehem. We know this when the designation…..”the angel of the lord” is used. Always with the definite article” the “(tov in the Greek). Any other time an angel is worshipped, or someone kneels before him, the man is rebuked for doing so, because angels are fellow servants with us ( as in revelation when John falls to his face)

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